Brewed by Astarbe Sagardoak
Style: Cider
Astigarraga, Guipúzcoa, Spain


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21546) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottled@SBWF2014. Hazy yellow colour, no head. Aroma is dry green apples along with some yeast, mild farmyardy notes as well as some vanillaish notes. Flavour is apples, wood, mild vanilla and some sweetness too. Still rather mouthdrying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (20449) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2014
Bottled at SBWF. Hazy golden. Tart lemony nose. Dry, light and minerally. Spicy with notes of apple skin. Zesty and somewhat acidic. refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with no head. Has a fruity yeasty slightly tart apple aroma. Sweetish yeasty tart apple and phenol flavor. Has a sweetish fruity yeasty apple finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(330ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a few spare bubbles. Aroma of bubble gum, mustiness, apple, horseblanket, and medicinal. Flavor of apple, menthol, lemon, and plenty of funkiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11906) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours hazy orange with a few chunks - I like chunks. Nice sour apple skin aroma. Fairly sour and definitely astringent. It is not sweet. It’s right in there with a good saison or farmhouse ale. Aftertaste is pretty much apple skin with a little cooked apple. Very good cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
Pale yellow. Apple aroma with hints of vinegar and horseblanket. Dry and acidy flavour. Tart and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011

nose -
must: foot & cheese. heavy
apple: skin, bitter, raw, green

flavor -
must: high
apple: dry, green, raw
acid: medium-high
bitterness: medium-high
other: bright, zesty, acidic with good carbonation out of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle (barrel 10; bottled April 29, 2005) from Healthy Spirits. Typical Spanish Cider nasty looking sediment at the bottle. Poured at the usual height. A minimal white head with a lasting ring over a hazed golden body. Aromas of lambic like acidity, funk, a bit of rubber cement, barnyard, wood and a huge amount of acid. Some complex floral and estery notes. Flavors are very sour! Tons of acid, heartburningly so. Throat burn. Lemon, floral notes. Again a sort of rubber, industrial flavor that sort of detracts from the overall experience. Floral and horsey a bit of pineapple acidity. Like a good sour ale. Thin body though. Medium to light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 1   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 1
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Hay: XX   Brett : XX   Floral: 3   Wood: 4   Leather: 2   Barnyard : 3   Medicine : 2   Phenols: XX   Cheese : XX   Vinous: 3  
Notes: Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Applesauce: XX   Appleskin : 2 Pear : XX   Tropical FruitsXX  
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2 Juicy: 3   Sourness : 3   Bitterness: 1   Farmy : 3   Complex: XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 2 Chewy: XX   Sharp: 2   Chalk : XX   Astringence : XX   Tea tannins : 2   Alcohol : XX
Comments: A pretty good example of a Basque sidra with juicy tartness, firm tannins and dry, sour palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
In short: A superior Sidra, bright, funky, complex.
How: Served from a bottle at one of the countless pintxo bar in San Sebastian Spain that are not listed on ratebeer. (this one was called Ttvn-Ttvn Taberna)
The look: Cloudy yellow body with no head to speak of.
To me a typical Sidra is: Funky aroma of medium intensity with many light color fruits in the back (not just apples). Body is medium in size, a texture that is both juicy and doughy and with minimal carbonation. Taste is a lot less apple-forward than a regular cider with apples but also various light color tropical/citrus/exotic fruits. Yeast presence accompanied by a bready sensation. Typical Sidras have a mild sourness and ends with a mild-medium acidic bite. Thirst quenching and also a bit nourishing.
This one: Stronger and brighter farmhouse character. Fruitinees is much more like peaches and bananas than apples. Overall greater complexity. One of my favorite Sidra. If the planet ever run out of beer I think I’ll switch to Sidra, and if the planet run out of alcohol I think I’ll try this sex thing I’ve been hearing about.

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